Saturday, July 27, 2013


We are fortunate to have passes to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for the entire time we are in Monterey!  Last week we had a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility.  The aquarium is housed at the site of the old Hovden Sardine Cannery.
Julie Packard with a model of the proposed aquarium in the 1970's.  The Hovden Cannery is in the background. Photo courtesy of The Monterey Bay Aquarium

The establishment of the aquarium was the idea of several academics from San Jose State University and Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Center in 1970’s.  They, along with Nancy Burnett and Julie Packard recognized a need for ocean education and literacy.  Nancy and Julie appealed to their father David Packard (of Hewlett-Packard) who provided the funding for the aquarium they envisioned.  Today, Julie serves as Executive Director and Vice Chair of the Aquarium's Board of Trustees.  David Packard, in the aquarium’s Policy Statement states, "The purpose of Monterey Bay Aquarium is to provide a facility to expand the public interest in and enjoyment of the marine life and the environment of Monterey Bay and the surrounding areas and shoreline." 

In addition to spectacular displays, the staff at the aquarium conducts research on marine organisms,  rescues and rehabilitates sea otters, and establishes safe seafood educational materials including a iPhone App (Seafood Watch) to educate the public on seafood sustainability.  



Where in the World is the camouflaged fish?  

An incredible example of bioluminescence.  The colored areas flash  from top to bottom.
Sand Dollars

Brittle Stars

1 comment:

  1. Photos are phenomenal. Did you take them? I'm thinking you did because otherwise you usually credit the source. Just gorgeous. Your students will be in awe. I hope this is your 1st week's lesson plan. It would engage every girl whether her interests were marine biology, literature, theology, art, the environment, philosophy, travel, etc...
    Pray for Larry on Thursday. Another angioplasty. Your blogs have brought us incredible pleasure. Thank you! Enjoy the last few days, and come safely home. Love and hugs, MB and Larry :-)